Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone Overnight Regulation: FTC to probe Facebook over user data | FDA takes step to regulating flavors in tobacco products | Congress may include background check measure in funding bill Judge rules FEC wrongly dismissed complaint against conservative group MORE is a tough act to follow in any situation. But he gave the speech of his life on Wednesday night. I’ve never seen a vice-presidential candidate speak with such discipline, intelligence, and daring.

Predictably, the attacks on Ryan have been desperate. Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton and others called his speech outright dishonest, saying Paul Ryan was a liar. But what lies did he tell? They claim that he only told half the story. Of course he did! It’s a campaign speech! Did they really expect that he was going to get up there and talk about his early years in Congress, voting the party line? Unbelievable.

At the bottom of these attacks is just desperation. The left wants to poison the well: If they can get enough headlines calling Ryan a liar, people will believe it no matter how flimsy the argument in the body of the article is.

Ryan and Romney are the real deal, and we can expect a lot more fearful ad hominems against them into November.